Different types of window screening fabrics
The materials that are typically used for insect screening materials are the fiberglass and aluminum mesh. Aluminum window screen is usually available in natural aluminum as well as in applied charcoal color. The charcoal is much less visible. Fiberglass on the other hand is available in light gray and charcoal colors. The charcoal slightly offers better viewing as well as it is much aesthetically attractive. Fiberglass on the other hand is less expensive and has the advantage in that it will not dent when being pushed or hit. However, the fiberglass mesh is usually more opaque compared to the aluminum mesh which darkens the external appearance of the window and also reduces the amount of light that is transmitted from the outside environment. Additionally, fiberglass screen degrades quickly when exposed to UV light which leads to it breaking and fraying after being used for just several years unlike aluminum which considerably lasts for several years. For applications that typically require greater strength like screened doors, polyester screening and nylon are also available. Bronze insect screening is usually much expensive but will give the user much longer service compared to the fiberglass or aluminum. When installing window screens, it also has a bright gold color which makes it aesthetically more attractive. However, it weathers to an unobtrusive and dark charcoal within a year or even less. Bronze on the other hand is deemed to be more resistant to denting compared to aluminum. Less common screen fabrics would also include brass, copper, galvanized steel and stainless steel. Additionally, there is also insect screening and denser screen types which reduce sunlight and heat gain which are available in the market. These materials offer significant potential energy savings especially in hot temperature.
If you are looking for frame replacement as well as for do-it-yourself screen kits, you can find these at your nearest hardware store or home improvement store. The frames are usually made up of straight aluminum sides that can be cut into sizes and plastic corner inserts.